A federal appeals court has ruled that a Miami-Dade mass murderer is mentally competent to be executed.
As Governor Rick Scott considers a bill which would speed up death penalty executions by creating tighter timeframes for appeals and post-conviction motions, he’s signing death warrants at a pace rarely seen in Florida since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
In the final days of the legislative session, the Florida legislature passed a bill which limits the appeals and speeds up the execution process of those on death row.
One of the longest-serving inmates on Florida’s death row is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, 32 years after he kidnapped and murdered a 10-year-old girl who was riding her bike to school after a dentist appointment.
It’s illegal in 17 states, and a new bill by a House Democrat would make it illegal in Florida.
A South Florida man on death row has lost another appeal in the murders of his former girlfriend and a football player at an apartment on the University of Miami’s campus.
CBS4′s Gary Nelson first met Manny Pardo 22 years ago on death row at the Florida State Prison in Starke. Pardo is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.
The execution of mass killer John Errol Ferguson will take place later this month after the Florida Supreme Court ruled he is sane and can therefore be executed by the state for the murders of eight victims more than 30-years ago.
This month’s execution of a convicted murderer will continue as planned after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a judge properly denied a mental competency hearing.
Lawyers for a Florida death row inmate scheduled to be executed later this month will make their case to the state’s highest court on Thursday.